Conversely to its sibling Drosophila melanogaster, D. simulans overcomes the immunosuppressive effects of the parasitoid Asobara citri.

The endoparasitoid Asobara citri avoids Drosophila melanogaster immune defenses, thanks to immune suppressive effects. We investigated whether this parasitoid could also circumvent the immune reaction of D. simulans, a sibling species of D. melanogaster. The rates of infestation, successful parasitism, total encapsulation and mortality were measured after… CONTINUE READING